To the Editor:
It’s good to know that Verlyn Klinkenborg is among those of us who stop to help tortoises on their way on a busy road (“Edges and Order,” The Rural Life, Jan. 1).
I have done that, and afterward felt at least virtuous if not godlike. But not long ago on a lonely road in northern Connecticut, I stopped to administer similar compassion, only to be stoutly rebuffed by a vicious snapping turtle that refused to be helped. I confess that I felt a certain animosity toward the reptile, and have yet to decide whether I will help his or her cousins in the future.
Salisbury, Conn., Jan. 2, 2007